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Gammage director receives Living History Award


March 12, 2010

ASU Gammage executive director Colleen Jennings-Roggensack has been honored by the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Phoenix Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Mu Chapter of Phoenix, as one of six 2010 Living History Awards recipients. The five other winners include: Rod Ambrose, Fatimah Halim, David Hemphill, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Charles St. Clair.

The program is the result of a community collaborative organized to honor many of the community’s most distinguished citizens engaged in the arts and to expose Phoenix-area youth to these individuals and their extraordinary contributions to the arts in Arizona and beyond.

“The Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., and its partners are committed to casting a bright light on African American venues and individuals who are engaged in the arts, to supporting their endeavors, and to exposing our youth to their good works and contributions to our community and the world,” said Kay Lovelace Taylor, chapter president.

“The Living History project accomplishes this by providing programming, hands-on learning experiences and mentoring in the arts for youth of color and by annually celebrating the achievements of Valley leaders in the performing and visual arts, film, literature and theatre,” Taylor said.

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, has been an active member of the performing arts community for more than 32 years. As executive director of ASU Gammage and assistant vice president of Cultural Affairs, Jennings-Roggensack has artistic, fiscal and administrative responsibility for ASU Gammage and ASU Kerr Cultural Center, with additional responsibility for non-athletic activities at Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena and other ASU venues.  A former dancer and choreographer, she accepted a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Council on the Arts for six years.

Having held positions at Dartmouth College, Colorado State University and the Western States Arts Federation, Jennings-Roggensack has also acted as an adviser to the National Dance Project, Africa Exchange Advisory Council, The Japan Foundation and its performing arts program, and the US/Netherlands Project, a contemporary theater partnership.